RSPB Baron’s Haugh, Motherwell
A wildlife haven on the banks of the River Clyde
Baron’s Haugh is a haven for a variety of wildlife, nestled on the banks of the River Clyde and overlooked by Motherwell.
Once part of the ancient Dalzell Estate, RSPB Baron’s Haugh contains a variety of habitats including wetland (the haughland), woodland, parkland and riverside. Four hides situated around the haugh give you spectacular views of the variety of birds and other wildlife throughout the year.
In spring, listen out for woodpeckers and nuthatches and see if you can catch glimpses of kingfishers and otters. Migrating birds begin to arrive in spring, while wintering and breeding wildfowl remain and toads spawn in pools.
In summer, ducklings can be seen feeding around the pools and you might hear a woodpecker hammering in the trees. Dragonflies and butterflies can be seen in open areas and migrant waders start to arrive.
In autumn, migrant waders are joined by wintering wildfowl and a variety of funghi can be seen in the woods.
In winter, resident wildfowl are joined by flocks of wintering ducks including wigeons and whooper swans, which feed on the flooded meadows.